Abby Saul

Abby Saul

The Lark Group

My Manuscript Wish List

Abby founded The Lark Group after a decade in publishing at John Wiley & Sons, Sourcebooks, and Browne & Miller Literary Associates. She’s worked with and edited bestselling and award-winning authors as well as major brands. At each publishing group she’s been a part of, Abby also has helped to establish ebook standards, led company-wide forums to explore new digital possibilities for books, and created and managed numerous digital initiatives.

A zealous reader who loves her iPad and the ebooks on it, she still can’t resist the lure of a print book. Abby’s personal library of beloved titles runs the gamut from literary newbies and classics, to cozy mysteries, to sappy women’s fiction, to dark and twisted thrillers. She’s looking for great and engrossing adult commercial and literary fiction. A magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, Abby spends her weekends—when she’s not reading—cooking and hiking with her husband. Find her @BookySaul on Twitter.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

What We Want

  • Adult literary fiction and adult commercial fiction (including historical fiction, women’s fiction, mysteries, and thrillers)

  • Queries that clearly state what the book is, what it’s about, how long it is, and who it’s by

  • Queries with the subject “Query: [Title]

  • Polished, proofread, and enthusiastic queries

What We Don’t Want

  • Nonfiction, children’s books, or screenplays
  • Unsolicited manuscripts sent without a query letter (we won’t read them)

  • Queries for books that aren’t yet written

  • Queries with attachments (we won’t open them)

Vital Info

Fiction: Commercial, Crime, Family Saga, General, Historical, Literary, Mystery, Thriller, Women’s Fiction

Favorite sub-genres: Amateur Sleuth Mysteries, Cozy Mystery, Crime Fiction, Diversity, Domestic Suspense, Feminism, Historical Fiction, Multiple POV, Psychological Thrillers, Suspense, Upmarket Women's Fiction
I’d like the next…

My favorites include…

Likes: Tana French, Susanna Kearsley, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, Sarah Waters, Paula Hawkins, Ann Patchett, Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman, A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, The Lighthouse and most other Dagliesh mysteries by P.D. James, The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters, Isabel Dalhousie series by Alexander McCall Smith, Kate Morton, gothic romance in women’s fiction, engaging historical fiction (literary or commercial), mysteries (including Golden Age authors), psychological thrillers, literary nonfiction, stories about families living in crumbling mansions and keeping dark secrets

Dislikes: political/legal/FBI thrillers with explosions, dude-driven post-apocalyptic novels, treacle-y cozies, super hardboiled mysteries, sappy stories that are ONLY sappy and aren’t actually about anything. I DON’T DO SCIENCE FICTION or PARANORMAL or YA.

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